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Healthy nails on a budget

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MummyBtothree Sat 23-Apr-16 12:18:18

I'm just wondering if anyone has any good tips on how to achieve nice strong nails for the summer?. Mine are a bit tired looking & not so strong these days but I am on quite a tight budget. Thank you smile

EmpressTomatoKetchup Sat 23-Apr-16 12:44:33

I rub Vaseline on mine, I think there may have been a thread about it a while ago.......

leadrightfoot Sat 23-Apr-16 20:54:39

Any moisturiser religiously rubbed into cuticles every night and clear coat of revelon top coat done every 3 days
Decent diet including oils and fats

LuckySantangelo1 Sat 23-Apr-16 20:56:28

Take cod liver oil. Get some sunshine. Use rubber gloves for all washing up/housework. Moisturise a few times a day.

Seeyounearertime Sat 23-Apr-16 20:56:37

Shameless place mark.

But, will moisturisers help with cracking and spiky skin on finger tips near cuticle?

MummyBtothree Sun 24-Apr-16 14:34:00

Thanks everyone smile

ABetaDad1 Sun 24-Apr-16 14:39:51

Beautiful nails?

Do what I do.

Wash your hands with gentle soap, get a dishwasher, stay away from the nail varnish, cut them regularly, avoid manual work and if you have to do it get some industrial gloves. grin

OurBlanche Sun 24-Apr-16 14:45:25

Use any oil in the kitchen cupboards as cuticle reviver.

Gloves, sunlight, diet and Mavala Nail Strengthener while you wiat forthem to grow through. It costs about £8 but lasts forever and is by far the best paint on strengthener I have ever found for my soft, bendy nails.

If you have £20 in all to spend, Mavala plus Lush's Lemony Flutter Cuticle cream and a hand cream of your choice. My hands have gone from garden knackered, broken nailed, cracked cuticled nastiness to beautifully soft, tidy and strong nailed in less than a week

itsbetterthanabox Sun 24-Apr-16 14:45:45

Cuticle oil. A good one used daily on the cuticle, skin and nail itself.
File only in one direction.
Wear gloves when cleaning.

Seeyounearertime Sun 24-Apr-16 14:49:11

get a dishwasher

This is a problem, I am the dishwasher. grin

GinAndLemon Sun 24-Apr-16 14:53:55

I refuse to spend money on a manicure/pedicure but can't bare having crap nails. I got the gel ones for a while but they just destroy them! I use hurts bees hand cream just before bed, its properly waxy. I always use the Sally Hansen moisturising nail varnish remover, then trim my nails to as short as possible and paint with my recent discovery, L'oreal le vernis a l'huile nail polish which dries quickly and gives a gorgeous glossy finish... Whether there is actually oil in it I'm not sure how that would work but it doesn't seem to dry mine out.

Blue2014 Sun 24-Apr-16 15:01:47

Baby oil

TommyandGina Sun 24-Apr-16 15:06:57

I've been using Sally Hansen miracle nail. My nails were peeling and weak. I cut them reasonable short and painted them daily with the miracle cure, a week later and they were looking stronger. I took the layers of miracle cure off using normal remover, trimmed them again to cut off any more peeling and repeated the procedure, making sure I painted the ends of the nails as well. A month down the line and I had much stronger, non peeling nails. Am now using the miracle cure as a base coat and have good strong nails. Make sure you wear washing up gloves for all household chores.

OurBlanche Sun 24-Apr-16 15:21:36

I got the gel ones for a while but they just destroy them! Crikey! I have gel polish again (now my nails have been revived) and I get them because a) they last for about 4 - 6 weeks and b) they do no damage to my nails at all.

But the lovely lad that does mine does not use those electric zubby things, which might make a difference - oh, and she uses OPI as, in her opinion, it does least damage to nails.

travailtotravel Sun 24-Apr-16 16:18:16

Eating properly makes a big difference - or popping one of those skin, hair, nails vitamin pills as well as moisturising.

delilabell Sun 24-Apr-16 16:27:28

I've just been gel free for the first time in 14 months. My nails were a state!
I've cut them short and am using a nail strengthener and a sally Hanson cuticle and nail oil.
After 2 weeks they're starting to get stronger.

YorkieDorkie Sun 24-Apr-16 16:36:15

CND rescue RX is the best thing I've used. I think you can get it from salons only.

MissTurnstiles Sun 24-Apr-16 19:15:51

I started taking a vitamin D supplement in the depths of winter and have noticed in recent weeks that my nails have become amazingly strong.

Remember that anything dietary / supplementary will take a few months to bear fruit.

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